Iron Horse Vineyards

Wedding Cuvée 2016

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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The irresistible Wedding Cuvée has witnessed countless special moments since its inception in 1980, served at engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day celebrations. Iron Horse’s play on a Blanc de Noirs, this wine features extremely expressive and fruit forward Pinot Noir lots blended with just a touch of steely Chardonnay to add a firm acid backbone. A romantic tinge of pink in the glass hints at the character of the Pinot Noir in this cuvée, and raspberry and nutmeg aromas on the nose are followed by juicy stone fruit, lively blood orange, and red berry flavors that are held seamlessly together with refined and delicate bubbles. Dangerously easy to drink. 

Vineyard

The Iron Horse estate is in the heart of Green Valley’s cool and foggy climate, 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The certified sustainable estate features 160 acres under vine, planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir across a patchwork of gentle, rolling hills. Each of the 39 blocks has been planted with site-specific rootstock and clonal selections, enabling Iron Horse to farm, harvest, and vinify each block separately. The predominant soil-type is called “Gold Ridge”, a sandy loam that has excellent drainage and is perfectly, inherently balanced, making it one of the most coveted soil types, especially for growing Pinot Noir.

Winemaking

Grapes are hand harvested in the chilly fog of early morning, and gently pressed as whole clusters yielding base wines of great delicacy. A long, cool ferment at 62° to 65° F retains vibrant fruit esters. Individual lots of Pinot Noir that are extremely expressive and fruit forward are selected to form the core of this wine, then steely Chardonnay is selected to add a firm acid backbone. The dosage for the 2016 Wedding Cuvée is 6 mls Blanc de Blanc Lex (55B) and 6 ml 2018 Rued Chardonnay, and 4 mls 2017 Gold Ridge Pinot Noir. The final blend is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay.

Tasting Note

Raspberry and nutmeg aromas on the nose are followed by juicy stone fruit and lively blood orange, held seamlessly together with very delicate bubbles. Sumptuous and dangerously easy to drink as an aperitif or with food.

Suggested Food Pairing

Pairs well with trout amandine, creamy goat’s milk cheese or bittersweet dark chocolate.

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Appellation

Green Valley, Russian River Valley, California

Farming

Sustainable

Alcohol

13.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$45

Reviews

"Refinement and festive exuberance"

Wine Spectator -

"A rare combination of refinement and festive exuberance, offering lovely, expressive flavors of raspberry and strawberry, laced with rose petal and graham cracker notes that fan out on the long, luxurious finish." 

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